In an entertainment world dominated by movies, Youtube and social media, it is amazing to see that the world’s best selling authors have been able to amass an amazing fortune. These are the Richest Authors of All Time.
Richest Authors of All Time
Jeffrey Archer – Net Worth: $195 Million
Jeffrey Archer is an English novelist and a former politician, as he was a Member of Parliament in the UK before he began his career as an author. His has sold more than 330 million book. His best selling book is ‘Kane and Abel’ and his most recent book ‘Hidden in Plain Sight‘
John Grisham – Net Worth: $220 Million
Another author and politician, John Grisham is an American writer who also served on the House of Representatives for Mississippi. His most recent book ‘A Time for Mercy‘
Nigel Blackwell – Net Worth: $292.5 Million
Nigel Blackwell (Blackwell Publishing) is from Oxfordshire, England, though he now lives in Texas, and has a PhD in Physical Chemistry. He frequently co-writes with Diane Capri, with best sellers such as ‘Fatal Dawn‘.
Barbara Taylor Bradford – Net Worth: $300 Million
Barbara Taylor Bradford is a novelist from England. She has sold more than 80 million copies in 90 different countries. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II awarded the OBE for her contributions to literature. Her latest book was released in 2020 and is titled ‘In the Lion’s Den: A House of Falconer Novel‘
Danielle Steel – Net Worth: $310 Million
Danielle Steele is an American novelist who is best known for her romance novels. According to Forbes she has sold more than 800 million books, making her the world’s best-selling living author. In 2020 she published ‘Royal: A Novel‘
Nora Roberts – Net Worth: $390 Million
Nora Roberts is a bestselling American author with more than 225 romance novels. She also writes under the pseudonyms Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. Roberts began writing in the late 70s and is still active, with her 2020 release ‘Rise of Magicks (Chronicles of The One, 3)‘
Stephen King – Net Worth: $400 Million
Stephen King is a household name. He is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, science-fiction, suspense, crime, and fantasy novels. His books have sold an astonishing 350 million copies. Several of his books have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books, such as “IT” and “Misery”. He has also written under the name Richard Bachman. In 2020 he release ‘If It Bleeds‘.
James Patterson – Net Worth: $560 Million
James Patterson is an American thriller author and philanthropist. He has sold more than 300 million books and was also the first person to sell 1 million e-books. In 2020 he released ‘The Coast-to-Coast Murders‘
J.K. Rowling – Net Worth: $1 Billion
Another household name, J.K. Rowling, full name. “Joanne Kathleen Rowling” is a British author who is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series. These books sold more than 500 million copies making them the best-selling book series in history. Their films were some of the highest grossing in history. She also writes crime fiction under the name ‘Robert Galbraith‘. In 2020 she will release ‘The Ickabog‘.
Elisabeth Badinter – Net Worth: $1.3 Billion
Elisabeth Badinter is a French philosopher, author and historian. In 2010 she was named France’s “most influential intellectual”, because of her books on women’s rights and motherhood. In 2020 she released ‘PAS D’ENFANT POUR ATHÉNA‘
Some other authors that didn’t quite make the list are:
Suzanne Collin ($80m), Janet Evanovich ($80m), Deepak Chopra ($80m), Jack Higgins ($86m), Christopher Little ($86m), Paul McKenna ( $100m), Stephanie Meyer ($125m), Dean Koontz ($145m), David Oyedepo ($150m) and Dan Brown ($178m).